Here are images from the last game of the first home stand of the season, a tough loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.
As is tradition in Boston every year on Patriot’s Day, the Red Sox hosted an 11:05 AM game at Fenway Park against the Toronto Blue Jays yesterday. The early start time – the only morning game in Major League Baseball – coincides with the Boston Marathon. Runners pass just a few blocks away from Park as they approach the end of their 26.2 mile journey. Although the Red Sox weren’t able to pull out a victory over Toronto, the mood was festive and cheerful inside Fenway. Before the game, Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman and actor Jake Gyllenhaal, who is playing Bauman in the upcoming movie, ‘Stronger,’ threw out a ceremonial first pitch together.
It’s hard not to think about where we all were three years ago on this day, in the immediate aftermath of the bombing. Living through that week was surreal for everyone involved. I found myself thinking about it a lot yesterday.
The Red Sox Foundation hosted the annual “RBI Opening Day” this morning at Jim Rice Field in Roxbury. RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) engages inner city teenagers in baseball and softball while teaching healthy choices and life skills. The foundation operates the leagues and provides funding for uniforms, equipment, umpires and travel to regional tournaments.
Happy Opening Day!
Boston welcomed their beloved Red Sox to a warm return yesterday in a festive Opening Day at Fenway Park. Pre-game ceremonies included a special ceremonial first pitch by four Boston sports legends – Bobby Orr of the Boston Bruins, Ty Law of the New England Patriots, Bill Russell of the Boston Celtics, and David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox. In an emotional moment, Ortiz was surprised by his daughter, Alex, who sang the National Anthem before the game. Although the Sox were unable to pull out a win against the undefeated Baltimore Orioles, the day marked the start of the final campaign for Big Papi, and the beginning of what should be an exciting season.
It’s always a long day for us. We didn’t get much cooperation from the weather for our annual sunrise photo, but it was still a lot of fun to be back at it. There will be a ton of content to come from this season!
The Red Sox hosted hundreds of Little Leaguers at Fenway Park over the weekend for an Opening Day event that celebrate the start of Little League’s baseball and softball season. Mayor Martin J. Walsh attended the event, which also included a special ceremony with opening remarks from Red Sox Chairman, Tom Werner, and former Red Sox players Steve Lyons and Sam Horn.
The Boston Red Sox welcomed Boston Mayor Marty Walsh to Fenway Park for the annual Mayor’s Walk Through this morning. Alongside Linda Pizzuti Henry, Red Sox President Sam Kennedy, and Chairman Tom Werner, Mayor Walsh checked out the off-season additions and improvements to the Park, including a Virtual Reality dugout station, new attractions for young fans in the Kids Concourse, and safety netting along the infield.
Here is one last post from the 2016 ISU Figure Skating World Championships, which were held here in Boston over the past five days. The event closed out with the “Exhibition of Champions” which is more of a performance piece for the audience rather than a competition with any implications on ranking, medals, etc.
With that comes different lighting and a chance to get a little creative and try to make some art. These are a few that I liked. I tried to play around with pan, slow shutter speed, and multiple exposure from time to time.
What a crazy week! I had a blast, but have to admit I’m physically exhausted, and I don’t think I’m the only photographer who was there who feels that way. Covering figure skating is a grind. The days are long. Really long. It’s not so much the amount of hours that’s tough to work with. I’ve shot plenty of events that go all day/night. Instead, it’s the nature of how the competitions are structured that’s tough. There are no breaks between skaters, which lends itself to four, five, even six hour sessions of constant shooting. Most of the time, there’s no chance to leave the rink to eat or go to the bathroom. We got in the habit of planning and buying all of our meals for the day in the morning before competition began. It turns out Whole Foods is a life saver.
From a creative standpoint, it’s also tough. You try your best to make artistic, pretty pictures, yet at the same time have to ensure that you get the bread and butter, stock action photos of every skater. You try to balance those two needs as best you can, and it’s a fun challenge.
All that being said, I love the grind, and feel very lucky and thankful to have been asked to cover this for the Getty Images team. A big thanks to the team at Getty, and to Getty’s Boston staff photographer, Maddie Meyer, for all the runs to Whole Foods, Ricoh Theta 360 degree photos, and laughs along the way. It’s all about the people you work with, and we had a great crew of Boston photographers there to share the long hours with.
And now, it’s baseball season.